Tirana District
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From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

1. From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

Travel south along the Albanian coast and explore the best of this region on a guided tour. Spend the day discovering Vlora, Butrint, Saranda, and Gjirokaster. Start your trip with a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Tirana. Travel to Vlora, the city of independence. Proceed to Llogara to enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast from a 1043-meter height. Continue to Saranda and see enchanting beaches such as Gjipe Beach, Porto Palermo, Lukovë, and more. Next, visit the National Park of Butrint that holds more than 2000 years of history. Head to the source of the “Blue Eye” before getting to Gjirokaster. It’s a water spring with clear blue waters coming from the depth of the earth, running in the shape of an eye. The road leading to Gjirokaster will take you to the castle of the city and the old bazaar neighborhood. Visit the former homes of Ismail Kadare and Enver Hoxha, which are now museums dedicated to communism. Enjoy this last stop of the coastal tour before returning to Tirana.

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Apollonia and Durres

2. Apollonia and Durres

On your way to Apollonia, stop in Golem Beach for a beachfront coffee break. Set off on a guided tour in Apollonia, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon, the Triumphal Arch, and more. Then, head for lunch in a local restaurant in the countryside around Apollonia. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Durrës, for a guided tour of the city’s famed ruins. You will wander around its City Walls, Byzantine Forum, roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and more. Visit its Amphitheater and then take a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower before traveling back to Tirana.

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From Tirana: Full Day Guided Walking Tour to Prizren

3. From Tirana: Full Day Guided Walking Tour to Prizren

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel at 8:00 AM. After meeting your guide, begin your relaxing drive to the Kosovo border. Travel to the picturesque region on the peninsula and admire the beauty of the rural areas. Prizren, the capital of Kosovo is considered the most charming and colorful town in the region. On arrival in Prizren, begin your visit with the castle of the city, located on a hilltop. The castle is known as ‘the Prizren Crown’ as it lies on a dominant hill like a crown and oversees the city. Discover the fascinating history while you take in glorious panoramic views over the city. A must-see attraction is the Sinan Pasha mosque that stands as a central landmark of Prizren. Take a leisurely walk and then continue with your visit to the Ethnographic Museum, a monument of culture from the 18th century. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the St, Ljevis Cathedral, a historic church from the 14th century. Recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site it is one of many important medieval monuments of Kosovo. Stroll through the streets of the city and relish your free time for eating and shopping before returning to Tirana.

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From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

4. From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will begin your day exploring the port city of Durres. Discover a mixture of modern and ancient features, with this town having many interesting stories to tell. You will walk around encountering its city walls, alongside other famous landmarks such as the Byzantine Forum, the Roman Thermal Baths, and other ancient monuments. Later, you can enjoy Durres’s now-famous street-art, and have a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower. After your break, you can visit the amphitheater and the Archeological Museum. Towards the end of your tour travel towards Lazli Bay and visit the Duka Winery and Vineyard. Enjoy a scenic setting on the shores of a lake and with the fantastic views of the Adriatic as you taste wines, cheeses, and local food. Return to Tirana in the late afternoon.

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from Tirana: 3 Days in Kosovo and UNESCO Medieval Monuments

5. from Tirana: 3 Days in Kosovo and UNESCO Medieval Monuments

Explore everything Kosovo has to offer as you visit Prizren, a real treasure hidden in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, and The Museum of Prizren League. Discover the Ottoman Old Town known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen. Begin your tour by arriving in Prizren, a charming town surrounded by mountains. Enter the Sinan Pasha Mosque painted inside with floral patterns and Qur'an verses, and The Church of Our Lady of Ljevis, a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church. After lunch, head to the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina. In the afternoon, wander around Prishtina with your expert guide and delve into the city’s many mosques, cathedrals, and markets. Spend the night in Prishtina before your next exciting day. Start your second day by driving to the village of Prekaz, home of Adem Jashari, considered one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Visit the Memorial Complex and Museum. Hear about the chilling attack on his family and the armed resistance against the Serbian president Slobodan Milošević. Go for lunch in a local restaurant at the White Drin Waterfall. Then, make your way to the Serbian Orthodox Church of Peja, dating back to the 12th century. Admire its many frescoes and the peaceful atmosphere. Reach the town of Peja and get settled in the hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Peja. Spend your morning in the Old Bazaar of Peja. Next, travel to the Monastery Visoki Decani, a stunning 14th-century white building with a small cupola. Go inside the church to admire the frescoes with various scenes from the Bible. Learn about the Orthodox monks that still live in the Monastery and produce fresh organic foods like cheeses and wines. Have the chance to buy some of their homemade products including candles and incense. Continue the tour to Gjakova, which dates to the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy lunch and explore Kosovo’s oldest bazaar, featuring first-class craft shops known for their gold-plated wedding attire. Travel to Tirana in the late afternoon and finally be dropped off at your accommodation.

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From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

6. From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

Explore the ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval ruins at the Apollonia Archaeological Park on this day trip from Tirana. Take a tour of the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods in the UNESCO world Heritage town of Berat.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Tirana and sit back and relax on the drive to the ruins at Apollonia. Explore this 6th century BC Greek trade colony which is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and rolling olive groves. Uncover the Greek, Roman, and medieval heritage of this ancient city. View monuments from the classical period such as Doric columns, an obelisk, and the Gate of Temenos. Admire a well-preserved 13th century monastery complex.  Continue to the ruins of the Castle of Berat which was built in the 13th century and has Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Learn about what daily life was once like in Berat at the Ethnographic Museum of Berat. See how local styles fused with Ottoman styles at the museum.  Head to the Mangalem neighborhood of Berat. Snap pictures of the layered houses with large windows that overlook the river. Uncover how this place earned the name 'town of a thousand windows' as you explore the neighborhood of Gorica. Return to your accommodation in the city of Tirana.

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Tirana: Albanian National History Museum Guided Tour

7. Tirana: Albanian National History Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the entrance to the museum and avoid waiting in line. Visit all of the museum's pavilions and galleries, starting from the ancient period where you'll learn about the Illyrian origins of Albania. Visit other pavilions to explore further into the country's history. See displays about the medieval period, Albanian independence, and the struggle against fascism during the Second World War. Discover documents, statues, and rare objects, such as the rifle of Walter Audios, one of the executioners of Mussolini. Learn about the country's Cold War history with a visit to the communist era pavilion. Learn about the Albanian origins of Mother Teresa at the pavilion dedicated to her. See many of her personal belongings.

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Tirana: Communism History Tour

8. Tirana: Communism History Tour

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Tirana. Meet your guide and set off on your tour of the city where you will learn about the rule of the communist Party of Labour of Albania, who ruled from 1945 to 1991. First, stop at Scanderbeg Square and visit the National History Museum and the Opera House. Get an overview of Albanian national history prior to the communist era and learn more about Albania's national hero, Scanderbeg. Hear of the story of the military commander who led a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire. Then, visit the Etemhem Bey Mosque and the Clock Tower. A few meters away from Scanderbeg Square is the underground bunker, Bunkart 2. Explore this modern-day museum which provides plenty of fascinating stories from communist times. Discover traces of communist architecture and artifacts when entering the nearby block area. See a section of a war bunker, materials from the Spac mine, and parts of the Berlin Wall which were gifts from the German government. Inside the block area, see the exterior of the house of former dictator, Enver Hoxha. Continue the tour with a visit to the museum, the Hause of Leaves, a building that housed the state intelligence agency, the Sigurimi.  Travel from downtown to a district on the edge of the city. Visit the Bunkart 1 museum in Dajti, an anti-nuclear bunker site that Enver Hoxha built to protect party leaders and their families in the event of a nuclear attack. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel in the city.

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Budva: Tirana Day Trip with Return Transportation

9. Budva: Tirana Day Trip with Return Transportation

Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Budva, relax onboard a comfortable vehicle on your way to Tirana. Once you arrive, your first stop will be Scanderbeg Square, the central plaza in Tirana. Get acquainted with the history of the Scanderbeg Square, named after the Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu. From here, you’ll see the Turkish-style Et’hem Bey Mosque, one of the reminders of the city’s Ottoman past.  Next, head over to the National History Museum of Albania to learn about the history of Albanians. Continue on your walk to Bunk'Art, a former bunker built to protect the Hoxha regime and, in recent times, converted into a contemporary art museum and cultural center. Learn about how people lived under the regime and the historical events connected to it.  After a day of sightseeing, return to Budva where your driver will drop you off at your accommodation.

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Tirana: Private Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. Tirana: Private Sightseeing Walking Tour

Experience Tirana to the fullest with this guided walking tour led by a knowledgeable local. Visit the nation’s fascinating past in the National History Museum and the Castle of Tirana, and find out more about the history of secret surveillance in Tirana in the House of Leaves. Discover the colorful Ottoman-era architecture in the capital of Albania. Walk by the pastel buildings surrounding the city and stop inside the beautiful castle of Tirana. Stroll over a piece of the past at Tanner’s Bridge, and enjoy the Grand Park of Tirana. See the residence of the communist dictator Hoxha, and let your guide tell you about the history of communism from a local perspective.

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What people are saying about Tirana District

Our guide, Endri, met us promptly at 9:00 and we set off for Apollonia. During our drive, Endri filled us in on some Albanian history, culture, customs, and geography. Upon our arrival at the archeological site, we were met by a professional archeologist, Arjan. He gave us a very descriptive tour which included a small museum housed in part of a 13th century AD Orthodox Church complex. After this informative visit, we left for Durres with a stop en route at a wonderful local village restaurant where we ate incredibly good seafood. In Durres, we walked the waterfront and visited the 2 century AD amphitheater, which was just partially excavated starting in the 1960’s. Our trip culminated with ice-cream and coffee at a great shop before our return to Tirana. There is a lot of walking and riding on this tour and it was a long day, but worth it. Our guide, Endri, was professional, personable, and very knowledgeable. We would request him again.

Endri was a fantastic guide, explaining not only what was saw, but in the trip there he talked about the culture of Albania. I really liked the archeologist at Apollonia, he did a fantastic job explaining both the history and the cultural significane. This was a great experience.

My trip was excellent. The organisation, guides, food we ate, the places we visited etc shotly everything was super. Thank you very much Mimi and getyourguide for my best day in Albenia

It was wonderful experience of Kruje and Duress tour with Mr. Gret’s thorough knowledge and his friendly conversations- Everything went perfectly!

Exciting trip with helpful guide & amazing food in lunch